Saucy Search

Depending on which part of North Carolina you’re from, you like barbecue that is either vinegar-y or tomato-y. Growing up in the Piedmont area, I prefer a less tart sauce with only a hint of sweet and with a tad of kick. My favorite sauce isn’t available outside of the southeast, and when I’m back there, I purchase a half dozen or so bottles to bring home. Running out is normally just a matter of calling my friend Ginny Ray to mail some to me, but this time ’round, she reported no bottles are to be found because the last holder of the secret sauce recipe has stopped production. If you’d ever tasted Boar and Castle sauce you’d understand my dismay.

In search of a substitute, I found Carolina Sauce Company. Saucy Lady Gloria Cabada-Leman appreciated my taste bud preference and sent a regional selection of North Carolina sauces for me to try out. This one caught my eye straightaway because I like the label. I’ve been known to choose a particular wine because of a cute label, too, not always the smartest move.
Whether Big Time’s becomes my new favorite sauce, time will tell. I need to cook with it, splash it on french fries and shake it out on a hamburger. More than once.

Carolina Sauce Company has an extensive website menu, not all of which is about food stuffs. Through Operation Sauce Drop, Gloria and her company send sauces free of charge to any member of the US military with an APO/FPO address. They accept monetary assistance in defraying their costs. Visit the website for more information. To chat with Gloria about Operation Sauce Drop, contact her directly at

Tie One On…an apron, of course!

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